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Suggestion: Hand Dryers

By Amber Wilson 7 April 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Could new hand dryers in the library toilets please be installed? They are totally useless and do no more than warm my hands so I can then wipe them dry on my clothes. The level 2 dryer in the females is especially bad. Thanks

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback. I will pass your comments and suggestion to the people at University Properties who are responsible for installation and maintenance of the hand dryers.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Library toilet maintenance

By Curtin Library 4 April 2017 News & events Comments off

Please note that toilets on Robertson Library levels 3, 4 and 5 will be closed for maintenance on Thursday 6 April, 5.30am – 7.30am. The work will likely cause noise, please move to another floor if this proves disruptive.

The Library apologises for any inconvenience.

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Suggestion: Laptop Loans

By Amber Wilson 3 April 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

As many student are in new and not completely aware about the library regulation. The issue is concerning the request of laptop. Usually the laptop is issued for 3 hrs. After 3 hrs we can renew the same laptop. But each time Library staff comes up with the new rules and regulation. The staff says we can not renew the same laptop again. Some staff renew the same laptop after 3 hrs. Please it is request, Kindly provide the clear regulations for students.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback regarding the Library’s laptop loans service.  Laptop loans are for a 4 hour period.  As this is a very popular service, they cannot normally be renewed, however, if there is low demand for the laptops at a particular time a Library staff member may use their judgement to allow a further loan.

All Laptops are due to be returned before the Robertson Library’s Enquiry desk closes at 8pm on weekdays or 5pm on weekends.

I am sorry if this was not made clear to you at the time that you used the service and I will look at what we can do to improve the information regarding laptop loans.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Group Study Rooms

By Amber Wilson 31 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Recently when looking to book a group study room in the library, we noticed that all of the bookings online had been filled out. However, when you go to the actual rooms themselves, they are empty because people haven’t shown up. What me and my friends usually do is just find an empty room and use it since someone has booked it but not shown up. However recently a library help staff has come around and asked us to leave anyway, as we haven’t booked it and people might get ‘scared’ asking us to leave the room. This is well and good but it is really annoying how many times people book a room and not show up. These rooms remain empty for hours, even though they’ve apparently been booked. Can there be some kind of deterrent so people stop booking rooms and then not showing up? e.g. If you book a room and the library staff notice you haven’t turned up, you get banned from booking a library room for a week or something.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback and suggestions.  The Library do allow Level 5 Group Study Room bookings to be cancelled after 15 minutes when a group has not arrived to use their booked room.   If you are in a group of 3 or more persons, please ask Library staff to assist you in locating a room and confirming a cancellation so you can place an immediate booking.   I am sorry if this was not explained correctly and I will ask Library staff to pay special attention to this concern.  You may be aware that only Level 5 Group Study Rooms are bookable up to 2 weeks in advance and Group Study Rooms on other floors can be used at any time without a booking.

I can understand that it is frustrating when people fail to arrive and agree it is a good idea for the Library to review this and investigate what we may be able to do to improve.

Barbara Parnaby
Acting Associate Director
Curtin University Library

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Your Intelligent Career

By Curtin Library 30 March 2017 News & events Comments off

Thanks to all Library and University staff who attended Professor Julia Richardson’s workshop Your Intelligent Career last Tuesday. The workshop hosted over 50 attendees and was a great success.

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One lucky participant won a copy of Julia’s book, but for those of you who want to explore the ideas and insights further – Professor Richardson’s book An Intelligent Career can be read online through the Library.

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Do you know an academic looking for space to present their work? Get in touch with Kitty at kitty.delaney@curtin.edu.au to discuss.

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Suggestion: Printer on Level 5

By Curtin Library 30 March 2017 Uncategorised Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Can you give the printer on level 5 a service? The poor thing is so squeaky whenever it prints.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your comment. We appreciate you advising us of this issue and will raise this with Curtin IT Services (CITS).

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Basic VR Development Workshops

By Curtin Library 30 March 2017 News & events Comments off

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Learn about virtual reality design and build a basic game with Curtin Library Makerspace.

The Curtin Library Makerspace and the Australian Virtual Reality Network, Curtin invites interested staff and students to a two part series of introductory workshops on basic VR development. These sessions will include C# programming, fundamentals to Unity and the creation of a basic text game.

Wednesday 5 April 12pm – 2pm Basic VR Development – session 1
Wednesday 26 April 12pm – 2pm Basic VR Development – session 2

Participants will be required to BYO laptop – please download Unity Personal software prior to attending.

Register your free place via Eventbrite.

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Having difficulty accessing an eBook

By Curtin Library 29 March 2017 Uncategorised Comments off

This could be because eBooks have different licences which determine the number of users that can read the book at the same time.

One of our eBook providers, Ebook Central displays this information when you open a particular book title under Availability:

  • Your institution has access to 1 copy of this book – these are the single user titles, e.g. A Short History of Asia.
  • Your institution has access to multiple copies of this book – this means we can have unlimited concurrent users based on a limited number of lending days per year, e.g. Re-imagining Schooling for Education

If you would like more information on using eBooks please see our eBook Library Guide.

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50 Objects for 50 Years

By Curtin Library 28 March 2017 Library Services JCPML News & events Comments off

What do cut throat razors, Hunter’s First Fleet Journal, and a Pentax camera have in common? They’re all objects found in Curtin Library!

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Join us on a journey through the Library Special Collections via the 50 Objects for 50 Years blog, updated each week with a new object.

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Since the inception of WAIT/Curtin University the Library has been acquiring not only books, but many historical objects and collections. These are housed in the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library; very safe, secure and out of sight. As part of the University’s 50 Years of Innovation celebrations the Library is bringing out our significant, rare and surprising items.

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Follow the 50 Objects for 50 Years blog during 2017 as we celebrate 50 Years of Innovation by Curtin University Library.

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Suggestion: report a problem

By Curtin Library 28 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi there, I would like to suggest that the library consider adding a “suggest correction” button on the full record of texts, so that signed-in users can make amendments to listings. These suggestions could then be manually approved or approved by an algorithm. Over time, this would improve the quality of the library’s database. Many thanks.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the suggestion. If you are referring to the Library catalogue, there is a facility to ‘report a problem’ via an link in the catalogue record for most online resources. The Library welcomes any corrections or information to improve the catalogue via this channel.

If you are referring to other resources or records, I would invite you to get in touch with me by email Barbara.parnaby@curtin.edu.au or telephone 9266 5138, to clarify your feedback in more detail.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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